ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
We are doing our best to make arrival and dismissal run as smoothly as possible. Please help us by familiarizing yourself with the following procedures:
Every family will need a car tag to pick up students (this includes secondary). Please make sure you pick up your tag before the first day of school.
COLORED DOTS: The colored dot on the back of your car tag is your designated lane for DISMISSAL but not necessarily arrival. For example, kinder students students are picked up in the BLUE lane but should be dropped off in the YELLOW lane so that they don't have to cross traffic.
ARRIVAL: Grades 2-5 may take the shortest of the YELLOW or GREEN lanes in the morning. While the maps recommend first graders get dropped off in
YELLOW in order to enter through the primary doors, some feel comfortable entering through the courtyard and that is absolutely fine.
DISMISSAL: NO LEFT TURNS NOON-5PM from Mays to Meridian Lane. Not only does this show courtesy to other drivers, it's the law. We expect to see a police presence in the next few days and we'd hate to see our families be ticketed.
SCOOCH UP: At dismissal, the closer you pull up to the car in front of you, the fewer cars we'll have blocking traffic. Doing so also keeps us from blocking our own lanes, which helps keep our carlines moving.
Primary Arrival & Dismissal Maps can be found HERE.
Secondary Arrival & Dismissal Maps can be found HERE.
Reminders & FAQs (updated 8/10)
THESE WERE RECENTLY WRITTEN AND SHARED BY PARENTS:
1. No talking on cell phones.
2. When dropping primary kids in the morning, wait to do so when your vehicle is in BETWEEN THE CROSSWALKS in front of the primary building. (They will have staff and volunteers to open doors and watching to help them stay safe)
3. Leave the CROSS WALKS CLEAR both at drop off and pick up.
4. Stay in your color lane. DO NOT VEER to go around, the cars will move shortly and there are kids getting out in other lanes depending on you staying in your lane . If you are in the wrong lane, wave down a teacher to help guide you.
5. The CLOSER you pull to car in front of you, the fewer cars will be left blocking traffic on public roads and surrounding businesses. (If we are nice to them they may let us use theIr parking lots for special events in the future. ;))
6. Dismissal reminder: NO LEFT TURNS NOON-5PM from Mays to Meridian Lane. This is a city ordinance and a sign is posted. Drive around from I-35 feeder and turn right on Paloma (2nd street). Please do not use Jeffrey Way to get to Mays as it tends to back up and cause traffic on the frontage road.
7. PATIENCE and GRACE. We are all human and make mistakes sometimes.
8. Taking a U-turn on Mays is not allowed. In the arrival and dismissal confusion and on a crowded road it's easy to overlook signs.
9. Do not block side streets and entrances to other businesses.
- Can I walk my student to class on the first day? Parents may walk their primary students to class on the first day, but please keep in mind it is going to be VERY difficult to park and navigate through the parking lot. We strongly suggest using the carline if your student is not in kinder or new to Meridian.
- Regarding arrival only: I have a 6th and 2nd grader, so I use the green lane. Is the "x" the only spot to let them out of the car? If so, will there be safety patrol to ensure that the middle schoolers walking through the parking lot to get back to the middle school will be able to navigate the traffic in the lot? Yes, we will have crosswalks set up for middle schoolers to cross over to the new building. By having one drop-off location for each family, the carline will run faster.
- Where will I park if I want to walk my student to class on the first day? Parenting parking is located in the space between the two buildings. To access those spots this year you would need to take either the blue lane to park in the middle rows or the yellow lane to access the perimeter spots. Please note that the parking lot at the new building is reserved for students and staff only. The first day will certainly be a challenge, but we'll get through it. We always do! :)
- I have a 1st grade student. Do I have to drop off in the yellow lane? Not at all! If you prefer to use the green lane in the morning, you may do so, but we find that the kinder and 1st graders prefer to go through the front doors rather than enter through the courtyard. By assigning lanes, we hope the lanes will be evenly distributed, but certainly take the shortest. We do ask that primary students not be dropped off in the blue lane in the morning.
- What if I do not have a colored dot on the back of my tag? This is not required but is very helpful for the driver. If you are unsure which lane to pick up your students, contact Jessica @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- I don't see Triple A on the map. Where do I pick up my students attending the after school enrichment program? Parents will park and walk in through the primary entrance to pick up students from Triple A. We suggest not arriving before 4:20 to avoid the secondary dismissal lines.
- How will my secondary student know where to pick up my primary waiter? Assistant Principal Ms. Holcombe will be reviewing this with secondary students on the first day of school. If you have registered for the Waiters Program, we have the list of all those who are responsible for picking up primary waiters.
- Help! I don't see an orange lane! The orange lane is only used during secondary dismissal and is for those picking up primary waiters with middle school siblings (no high school siblings).
- Can my high school student drive to school on the first day? Only those who were issued a parking permit may park at school.
Use Mays southbound or northbound, NOT GreenhillUnless using the large carpool fast lane (purple), in the morning you should approach campus either via Mays southbound (from Jeffrey Way or Paloma) or via Mays northbound (from Old Settlers). Do NOT use Greenhill (the street just southeast of the school, by the Toyota dealership). The police have shared several violations they have noticed in this location, all related to trying to get into the line in the left hand turn lane:
- Cars are cutting across two lanes, straight into the left turn lane. This violation is called a "wide right turn".
- Cars are stopping in the right hand turn lane of the Greenhill intersection. This is also a violation, as there is a yield sign and cars are supposed to turn into the right hand lane as soon as it is free.
The police will ticket any violations. Not only will this be negative for those ticketed, but it can affect everyone else as well. The city is currently evaluatingwhetherthe No Left Turn sign on Mays should be extended to be an all the time No Left Turn. Use of Greenhill can have an impact upon this decision.
- Cars are stopping in the middle of the intersection as they wait to get in line.
Please do NOT use Greenhill. Approach Mays from the north (Jeffrey Way / Paloma) or the south (Old Settlers).
We will continue to add to these frequently asked questions so check back...